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Maryland Student Government Association Endorses Marijuana Legalization

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Legalize marijuanaMaryland is on my radar as a state that could legalize marijuana via its legislature between now and 2016. It’s something that Maryland residents want, and it’s sound public policy. The idea of marijuana legalization in Maryland recently received an endorsement from the Student Government Association. Per Diamond Back Online:

The Student Government Association passed a resolution supporting the legalization, regulation and taxation of marijuana with a 19-4 vote Nov. 5. Two voters abstained.

“We decided to bring it up now especially because of the legalization in D.C. that passed on Election Day,” said Aditya Dilip, a senior government and politics major and member of the Committee on Governmental Affairs, which wrote the resolution. “We figured it was time, and it was something that was interesting and something that needed to be addressed sooner or later.”

Luke Pinton, senior government and politics major and SGA director of governmental affairs, said that while there are no immediate next steps, the SGA intends to use the resolution to express student body support if this state — which decriminalized possession of less than 10 grams of marijuana Oct. 1 — begins to make strides toward legalization.

The endorsement doesn’t mean that marijuana is legal of course, but it’s a significant symbolic step in that direction. With Washington D.C. being so close to Maryland, the pressure is mounting for Maryland to follow D.C.’s lead and end marijuana prohibition.

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  1. hopefully no Governor or any Politician can stop what the People of Maryland wants .Maryland is a small slow state that could use the tax money off pot. Also Its better to began small , plus the NAACP is very strong in this state and their votes would help.

  2. When it is illegal people use it both recreational and medically in large numbers. So while it is illegal it cost crazy amounts of money to try to stop it with only increases in use. When legal it means good jobs, tax money, quality control of the weed. When legal it cuts down on the illegal shipments from mexico which puts lives in danger. The best benefit is to be able to put grown in the U.S.A. 100% pure and pesticide free. So I hope everyone enjoys their pot

  3. Our governor vowed to get rid of our MMJ program when she campaigned for her first run. She won and she didn’t do it. She tried to make it more restrictive, but so far has only succeeded to hold it in limbo instead of letting the program grow as needed. We’re still at it though. Never say never.

  4. Smokey The Bear on

    Im from Maryland. I believe Maryland will legalize recreational marijuana through legislature. There is a huge problem, On Nov. 4th Maryland voters voted for Larry Hogan as Governor. There was a recent interview and he promise he will veto the law. It’s sad politicians don’t care about the voice of the people. Majority of Maryland residents want it legalize and end prohibition. I hope im wrong.

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